Eleanor Boudreau http://wknofm.org en You’ll Be Mine: Bringing Musical Tourism To West Memphis http://wknofm.org/post/you-ll-be-mine-bringing-musical-tourism-west-memphis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every year more than 10 million visitors come to Memphis, and spend more than three billion dollars, much of it on music-related tourism. But few ever cross the bridge to West Memphis, Arkansas. Now some in the area are trying to change that by capitalizing on the rich musical history of an old West Memphis radio station, </span><a href="http://kwemradio.com/">KWEM</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Boudreau 30744 at http://wknofm.org You’ll Be Mine: Bringing Musical Tourism To West Memphis As River Crests, Shelby County Is Better Equipped To Handle Rising Waters http://wknofm.org/post/river-crests-shelby-county-better-equipped-handle-rising-waters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Snowmelt and rainfall in the North have caused the Mississippi River to rise recently, and it is expected to crest at Memphis this morning. Forecasters with the National Weather Service anticipate the river will reach 33.5 ft at its highest point. That’s more than ten feet </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">below</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the crest of 2011 which flooded thousands of homes and businesses in the area.</span></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Boudreau 30682 at http://wknofm.org As River Crests, Shelby County Is Better Equipped To Handle Rising Waters Memphis Musician Sid Selvidge Dies At 69 http://wknofm.org/post/memphis-musician-sid-selvidge-dies-69 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sid Selvidge was a cultural voice in Memphis for more than five decades, and he helped start the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Beale Street Caravan </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">radio show, which broadcasts live performances of Memphis music to more than 2.4 million people worldwide.</span></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 02:23:34 +0000 Eleanor Boudreau 30390 at http://wknofm.org Memphis Musician Sid Selvidge Dies At 69 Civil Rights Educator Maxine Smith Dies At 83 http://wknofm.org/post/civil-rights-educator-maxine-smith-dies-83 <p></p><p>When Maxine Smith was born in Memphis in 1929, the city was segregated by race.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Smith graduated from Booker T. Washington High School at age 15. She attended </span>Spelman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> College in Atlanta, where she knew Martin Luther King, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., who had also graduated high school early and was attending the nearby </span>Morehouse<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> College.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“He was a nerd,” Smith recalled years later.</span></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:57:44 +0000 Eleanor Boudreau 30054 at http://wknofm.org Civil Rights Educator Maxine Smith Dies At 83 Tennessee Lawmakers Lift Ban On Municipal Schools http://wknofm.org/post/tennessee-lawmakers-lift-ban-municipal-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the governor does not veto a bill passed Monday, then the suburbs outside of Memphis will be able to restart a process to open municipal schools which they originally began in 2012. Last August, all six suburbs passed referendums to open their own municipal school districts, only to have those referendums voided by U.S. District Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays. The new legislation will allow each suburb to hold another referendum on whether or not they want to open municipal schools. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 23:47:48 +0000 Eleanor Boudreau 29577 at http://wknofm.org Tennessee Lawmakers Lift Ban On Municipal Schools